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Number of elementary, middle, and senior high schools that have a full-time registered nurse-to-student ratio of at least 1:750

Denominator

Number of elementary, middle, and senior high schools

Methodology

The School Health Policies and Programs Study (SHPPS) is a national survey periodically conducted to assess school health policies and practices at the state, district, school, and classroom levels. SHPPS was most recently conducted in 2006. SHPPS also was conducted in 2000 and 1994; the next SHPPS is planned for 2012.

The nurse-to-student ratio is the number of school nurses divided by the total student enrollment. One school nurse is defined as 30 nurse-hours per week per school.

Total student enrollment of all the schools included in SHPPS is obtained from the Quality Education Data (QED) database. QED’s National Education Database covers all educational institutions in the United States and Canada. See http://www.qeddata.com for more information.

From the School Health Policies and Programs Study:

[NUMERATOR:]

Are there any RN/LPNs who work in the school?

  1. Yes
  2. No

[If yes:]

Please tell me how many RNLPNs work in your school, which days of the week each RN is here, and how many hours each RN/LPN is usually here on those days.

[If an RN/LPN doesn't have a regular schedule, ask:]

  • How many total hours per week is this RN/LPN usually in your school?